Jon Schwartz is an award-winning public school teacher whose work using music, the arts, and technology to boost student achievement has been featured by the US Department of Education. The California State Senate named him “Tech Hero of 2011”. Schwartz is a published education author and his articles and videos have appeared in EdSource, Education Week, and Edutopia. He’s taught grades 1-6 in California public schools since 1997, and holds credentials in general and special education.
In 2010, Schwartz created the “Kids Like Blogs” program that pioneered the use of student blogs in elementary education. In 2012, Schwartz created the acclaimed “Kids Like Blues” Program, which used music, the visual and performing arts, and technology to help kids learn academic standards, grow self-esteem, and gain marketable skills.
Schwartz took the 2013-2015 academic years off from teaching, and is currently developing the non-profit Rockademix program, a state of the art academic curriculum that uses music, technology, and the visual and performing arts to teach academics and increase student engagement.
Rockademix is an easy-to-implement program that will enable all teachers to use music, the arts, and technology to help children learn, regardless of their level of music, arts, and technology training.
Schwartz uses his passion for technology, graphic design, photography, journalism, and adventure to create learning opportunities for his students. His is also a professional outdoors photographer and writer (http://www.bluewaterjon.com) whose work has appeared in National Geographic and Field and Stream.
He lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife and three daughters.